When you need to get up at night, it helps to have a little light so you don’t stumble through the dark. If any light will do, why not make an awesome one out of an old NES controller?
Lamps aren’t terribly expensive — even some of the cooler ones — so you’re not going to save a lot of money by making your own. That said, if you’ve ever wanted a great project to teach you about basic electronics, MAKE’s got a simple set of instructions for creating your own energy-efficient lighting.
RGB LED lights are a great way to accent your home, but colour control usually has to be done from the light itself. If you want to control those colours over Wi-Fi, OpenPicus has put together a guide using its Flyport Wi-Fi microcontroller.
We’ve pointed out numerous times that staring at bright screens such as tablets or laptops in bed has a bad effect on your sleep patterns and your overall health. Now one study hints at an possible link between regular exposure to artificial light and levels of depression.